Pascal Andre Dufour

ARTORG Center, University of Bern, Switzerland



I am in pursuit of a PhD in Biomedical Imaging at the Ophthalmic Technologies Lab at the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, which is part of the the University of Bern in Switzerland. The focus of our group is on developing novel computational tools and methods in the field of ophthalmology and advance the current imaging and treatment technologies.

My main research interest is the quantitative evaluation of ophthalmic data, with the main focus on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images of the human retina. The aim is to develop computational methods like automatic segmentation, that are indispensable tools in clinical research. They enable large scale clinical studies that help us understand the degenerative processes underlying many pathologies of the retina. I also work on supporting the medical staff in the daily clinical practice with diagnostic tools that allow objective quantifiable measurements and facilitate the detection of the early stages of pathologies.

With the Ophthalmology Department of the University Hospital Bern (Inselspital) right next door, we are in the best position to focus our research on clinically relevant problems. A close collaboration exists also with the Bern Photographic Reading Center (BPRC), which perform large-scale clinical trials.